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(Major League Baseball)   Prince Fielder tries to score from first. Let's see what happens   (wapc.mlb.com) divider line 37
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2013-09-15 12:39:52 AM
Notice the catcher did not try to block the plate....smart move.

/props to Fielder for the hustle, regardless
 
2013-09-15 12:45:23 AM
Stupid third base coach shouldn't have waved him around.
 
2013-09-15 01:13:30 AM
Did someone put a box of Krispy Kremes at home plate?
 
2013-09-15 02:40:18 AM
Well to be fair he did run a tad faster than James Harrison in the Super Bowl.
 
2013-09-15 02:54:20 AM
As big as he is, he runs faster than I do. Way to hustle.
 
2013-09-15 04:33:19 AM

bluorangefyre: Well to be fair he did run a tad faster than James Harrison in the Super Bowl.


Just fast enough to score six points.
 
2013-09-15 04:44:40 AM
Um, serious question here as I don't follow baseball.

Why would the coach not put a pinch runner in for someone of his obvious mass if the game was on the line? They were in the last out of the last half of the last inning of the game and needed at least 1 run to tie. They might as well have gone and replaced him with a guy pulling a dump truck with his teeth.
 
2013-09-15 05:05:06 AM

Iczer: Um, serious question here as I don't follow baseball.

Why would the coach not put a pinch runner in for someone of his obvious mass if the game was on the line? They were in the last out of the last half of the last inning of the game and needed at least 1 run to tie. They might as well have gone and replaced him with a guy pulling a dump truck with his teeth.


It's a good question, and one that was probably asked post game.  I'll say, one run would have only tied the game and then the Tigers would be without one of their best hitters going forward in a potentially tied game.  It's a risk either way.

/also holding Fielder at 3rd should have been an option.
 
2013-09-15 05:20:19 AM
Chunkadelic
 
2013-09-15 05:20:26 AM

Frederick: Iczer: Um, serious question here as I don't follow baseball.

Why would the coach not put a pinch runner in for someone of his obvious mass if the game was on the line? They were in the last out of the last half of the last inning of the game and needed at least 1 run to tie. They might as well have gone and replaced him with a guy pulling a dump truck with his teeth.

It's a good question, and one that was probably asked post game.  I'll say, one run would have only tied the game and then the Tigers would be without one of their best hitters going forward in a potentially tied game.  It's a risk either way.

/also holding Fielder at 3rd should have been an option.


Tie the game and worry about extra innings afterward.   The idea of Prince Fielder making it from first to home is an insult to KC, baseball,  and a violation of the laws of physics.
 
2013-09-15 05:24:29 AM

Frederick: Notice the catcher did not try to block the plate....smart move.

/props to Fielder for the hustle, regardless




Perez had one concussion this year. I doubt he wanted another. I meet him at a the K once. A beast of a man in person.


Frederick: Iczer: Um, serious question here as I don't follow baseball.

Why would the coach not put a pinch runner in for someone of his obvious mass if the game was on the line? They were in the last out of the last half of the last inning of the game and needed at least 1 run to tie. They might as well have gone and replaced him with a guy pulling a dump truck with his teeth.

It's a good question, and one that was probably asked post game.  I'll say, one run would have only tied the game and then the Tigers would be without one of their best hitters going forward in a potentially tied game.  It's a risk either way.

/also holding Fielder at 3rd should have been an option.


With Gordon in left and Prince running first to home was to risky.

Also let's give a shout out to Greg " Dirty South" Holland. He's KC's closer and he's own the Tigers this year.
 
2013-09-15 05:28:34 AM

vartian: As big as he is, he runs faster than I do. Way to hustle.


I knew someone bigger than him(275-300lbs) and could out run me(150lb). I think all they have to do is get that mass moving.
 
2013-09-15 05:28:38 AM
You have to pinch run for Prince there - but afterwards, down to your last out you send him every time.
I'd rather make the defense put together two good throws and a tag than have your team get another hit.
 
2013-09-15 05:30:30 AM
Tigers fan here. Please Mr. Brookens do not let Mr. Fielder go from first to home EVER. That is all.
 
2013-09-15 07:05:48 AM
He's a rather large fella. Took quite a spill at the end there!
 
2013-09-15 07:12:58 AM
Amazingly Prince has 2 career inside-the-park homers.  The big guy can run.

/at least he used to be able to run
 
2013-09-15 07:48:01 AM

RobDownSouth: He's a rather large fella. Took quite a spill at the end there!


It looked like he didn't even touch the plate anyway.  Just kind of skipped over it like a bouncing ball or something.

Also, gotta love the way the crowd went from roaring cheers to groaning in agony to completely silent in the space of four seconds or so.
 
2013-09-15 07:53:04 AM
Am I missing something? This looks like every other runner charging home ever.
 
2013-09-15 07:59:46 AM

Robo Beat: RobDownSouth: He's a rather large fella. Took quite a spill at the end there!

It looked like he didn't even touch the plate anyway.  Just kind of skipped over it like a bouncing ball or something.

Also, gotta love the way the crowd went from roaring cheers to groaning in agony to completely silent in the space of four seconds or so.


When he rolled over to attempt to avoid the tag, it did appear that he touched it. Too late to be safe, but he did touch it at some point.
 
2013-09-15 08:17:20 AM
I'm mostly surprised he came as close to scoring as he did.  Pretty good effort, for someone as big as him.
 
2013-09-15 08:27:02 AM

Karma Chameleon: Am I missing something? This looks like every other runner charging home ever.


You kinda have to see Prince in person to appreciate how hugely fat he is. And I'm sorry, the dude is just fat. I'm guessing at LEAST 3 bills.
 
2013-09-15 08:27:08 AM

Iczer: Um, serious question here as I don't follow baseball.

Why would the coach not put a pinch runner in for someone of his obvious mass if the game was on the line? They were in the last out of the last half of the last inning of the game and needed at least 1 run to tie. They might as well have gone and replaced him with a guy pulling a dump truck with his teeth.


Yeah, they should have used a pinch runner. It's a situation where you need the run or the game is over - you can't worry about Prince not getting an AB in extra innings when extra innings isn't a guarantee.
 
2013-09-15 08:31:40 AM
With a good slide he may have been safe.
 
2013-09-15 08:38:05 AM

violentsalvation: Stupid third base coach shouldn't have waved him around.


Not true.  There were two outs, down one in the bottom of the ninth.  If you hold the runner, you need a base hit against a good reliever.

In specific, it would have been the Tigers' backup catcher (Bryan Holaday) because Avila was lifted earlier for a pinch hitter.  So you'd have a right-handed catcher with 45 MLB plate appearances facing the right-handed Greg Holland.  He's allowing a .158 average against right-handed hitters this year, and Holaday is not even an average hitter.

It took a smart bare-handed pickup, two hard throws with a clean relay, and a difficult scoop-and-tag by Perez, and Fielder was not out by much.  Everything had to go right for the defense, and that doesn't happen as often when the ball needs to go 330 feet in a flash.  The third base coach made the calculated risk, and it had a much better chance than the ~15% that the next guy would get a hit.
 
2013-09-15 08:44:35 AM
Great play by the Royals in this situation. You send him, You make them throw you out. Sadly, he was out.
 
2013-09-15 09:16:07 AM

violentsalvation: Stupid third base coach shouldn't have waved him around.


This.

In the '90s, the Orioles were plagued by just the worst third base coach ever, sending people when the cut-off man caught the ball, then, after being booed by the fans, holding them up when the right-fielder hadn't picked it up yet. He was a kindly old doddering fool who had long since been unable to do his job and the O's were just unwilling to can him and he was too stupid to know what an embarrassment he was.
 
2013-09-15 09:23:10 AM

vygramul: violentsalvation: Stupid third base coach shouldn't have waved him around.

This.

In the '90s, the Orioles were plagued by just the worst third base coach ever, sending people when the cut-off man caught the ball, then, after being booed by the fans, holding them up when the right-fielder hadn't picked it up yet. He was a kindly old doddering fool who had long since been unable to do his job and the O's were just unwilling to can him and he was too stupid to know what an embarrassment he was.


Awesome troll is AWESOME!
 
2013-09-15 10:35:04 AM
I was there.  The entire ground shook.
 
2013-09-15 10:41:37 AM

Iczer: Um, serious question here as I don't follow baseball.

Why would the coach not put a pinch runner in for someone of his obvious mass if the game was on the line? They were in the last out of the last half of the last inning of the game and needed at least 1 run to tie. They might as well have gone and replaced him with a guy pulling a dump truck with his teeth.


because it's Jim Leyland.
 
2013-09-15 12:38:59 PM

chimp_ninja: violentsalvation: Stupid third base coach shouldn't have waved him around.

Not true.  There were two outs, down one in the bottom of the ninth.  If you hold the runner, you need a base hit against a good reliever.

In specific, it would have been the Tigers' backup catcher (Bryan Holaday) because Avila was lifted earlier for a pinch hitter.  So you'd have a right-handed catcher with 45 MLB plate appearances facing the right-handed Greg Holland.  He's allowing a .158 average against right-handed hitters this year, and Holaday is not even an average hitter.

It took a smart bare-handed pickup, two hard throws with a clean relay, and a difficult scoop-and-tag by Perez, and Fielder was not out by much.  Everything had to go right for the defense, and that doesn't happen as often when the ball needs to go 330 feet in a flash.  The third base coach made the calculated risk, and it had a much better chance than the ~15% that the next guy would get a hit.


Brayan Peña was on deck.
 
2013-09-15 04:34:43 PM
Did they remember to unhook the wagon first?
 
2013-09-15 04:58:30 PM
Shades of the World Series last year. The Giants got him on a similar play. Blanco>Scutaro>Posey
 
2013-09-15 07:13:02 PM
I'm not 100% sure Prince ever touched the plate...even if he'd beaten the tag he might not've gotten that bus turned around in time to reach home.
 
2013-09-15 08:49:04 PM
I felt the ground shaking. I guess this is why.
 
2013-09-15 09:06:16 PM
He runs like he's wearing buckets on his feet.
 
2013-09-15 09:12:41 PM
With two outs in the top of the ninth and your tying run on first, leaving Fielder in instead of substituting a pinch runner constitutes negligence on the part of Jim Leyland. There is no excuse.
 
2013-09-16 09:13:39 AM

urieth: I was there.  The entire ground shook.

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